You would not think a film in which a man simply drives at night from Birmingham to London could possibly be gripping, but Tom Hardy proves spellbindingly hypnotic in Locke, a decidedly unusual road movie from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight.
Speaking into his BMW’s hands-free phone to unseen colleagues and loved ones on the eve of a major work project, Hardy’s building-site manager Ivan Locke initially appears a figure of unruffled calm, his Welsh lilt deeply reassuring. Yet as his 90-minute journey unfolds in real time it slowly becomes apparent that his personal and professional lives are both unravelling.
Hardy’s solo turn is a tour de force, but the voices at the other end of the line – Olivia Coleman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott among them – all make vivid impressions in this compelling psychological drama.
Certificate 15. Runtime 82 mins. Director Steven Knight.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.